Mad Bastards (2011)
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as Uncle Black
as Old Johnnie
as Aunty Rock
as Bullet's mate
as TJ's brother
as TJ's mum
as Wazza's mate
as Texas' Wife
as TJ's sister
as Keisha's daughter
Critic Reviews for Mad Bastards
There's yearning as well as stubborn emotional isolation and anger in these characters, and any harshness in the observations of this richly satisfying film invariably is balanced by warmth.
Fletcher has done a great job with Mad Bastards and should be especially commended for getting the performances out of these non-actors.
Mad Bastards is this year's Samson & Delilah; it bravely explores a host of hot-button issues with a deft blending of humour, sensitivity and often brutal frankness.
Thankfully, a resounding emphasis on authenticity and an infectiously motivated cast of amateurs carries this heartfelt drama across the line.
Audience Reviews for Mad Bastards
While it tackles tough material, the terrific lead performances, stunning cinematography and uplifting score add up to a film that's pretty special.
This film from down under is a tale of redemption and reconciliation. As the movie opens we see 13-year-old boy, Bullet, set a home on fire while TJ, a burly hulk of a man, is engaged in pool game that leads to a brawl. As the story continues we find TJ is Bullet's absentee father. Part road movie, part domestic drama, the movie tracks TJ's attempt to build a relationship with his son while exploring the ideas of what it means to be a man. The movie drew me in with each frame and the Q&A only heightened my appreciation for it. Director Brandon Fletcher discussed how the story was developed based on real life experiences of the actors and other community members. The majority of the actors had never acted which is amazing given the performances he was able to get from them. Another highlight of the movie was the music by the Pigram Brothers. The music was great and was used effectively to comment on the story. We got an added treat in the Q&A - The Pigram Brothers were there and performed a song, which was terrific. I want the soundtrack!!
**1/2 (out of four) Yeah! My first film from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. It is the Australian drama written and directed by Brendan Fletcher. The film has a wonderful visual style and is well directed. It does a good job of capturing a specific place in the wilds of the Kimberly region of Australia. I wish the script was a bit tighter and the lead character of TJ was better fleshed out. He seems a bit like a thug that would be at home in a Steven Seagal movie. In fact that is the films biggest ostacle. It feels like a better than average film from a huge action star. The performance by Ngaire Pigram helps ground the film a lot. He plays the area cop and makes the biggest impression on this audience member. TJ (Dean Daley-Jones) lives a wild and rough life. But that will seem easy compared to the journey he takes to go back to Northwestern Australia to try and help save his son from taking a similiar path in life.
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